The tantalising natural beauty of the island’s golden beaches and crystal, azure waters, ancient monuments, charming Cycladic architecture and authentic traditional villages is what inspires travellers to visit the island of Naxos. This post is a comprehensive guide to where to stay in Naxos and the best hotels in Naxos island for all budgets.
Where to stay in Naxos – Quick Guide to the Best Areas & Hotels in Naxos
Where to stay in Naxos for affordable accommodation?
Chora Naxos Town
Chora or Naxos Town is the bustling capital of the island of Naxos and its port town. Here you find all the tourist amenities such as restaurants, bars, souvenir shops, car and ATV rentals and tour operator shops. Staying in Chora Naxos is super convenient, you get to be close to everything. For that reason, it is the best area to stay in Naxos for the first-timers. Chora is also a great option if you’re not planning to rent a car because Chora Naxos Greece is well connected with the rest of the island by the public Naxos buses. If you stay in Naxos town, you also most likely will be able to walk to your Naxos accommodation from the ferry port, the town is that compact!
Chora is also great for finding the best cheap hotels in Naxos and for those that are only planning to stay on the island for a few days and then hop onto another Cycladic island.
Naxos town is home to the island’s most iconic landmark – Portara which is what is left after an important temple dedicated to the Greek god Apollo built in the 6th century BC. A daily morning stroll to the Portara was the highlight of my Naxos holidays.
The old town of Naxos city, perched above the port, is an excellent place to explore with many charming small shops selling handmade crafts, a few interesting museums, quaint churches and of course – the Venetian castle – Kastro.
Also, staying in Chora doesn’t mean being far away from the beach. Chora is within a 10-15 minutes walk to Agios Georgios beach which is one of the best beaches in Naxos.
BEST FOR | Travellers without a car, backpackers, budget stays, nightlife lovers, island hoppers that want to stay close to the port and Naxos first-timers.
THINGS TO DO IN NAXOS TOWN |
Walk to the Portara the island’s icon
Get lost in the narrow alleys of the old town Kastro
Visit the castle of Naxos
Dine at the seafront marina
Shop for quality clothes and souvenirs
Explore the Archeologica Museum
Pop into the Venetian Museum
Check out the Roman Catholic Cathedral of Presentation of the Lord
Spend a day on Agios Georgios Beach
Go for a night out
Take a boat tour to Kaufonissi, Paros, Mykonos or Delos islands
BEST RESTAURANTS NAXOS TOWN|
MEZE 2 | One of the best restaurants Naxos town harbour, seafood
Typografio | Best restaurant in Naxos town, the old part, traditional
Lithos | Best restaurant Naxos town, the old part, local cuisine
Luxury Chora Naxos Hotels Greece
Halcyon Suites and Villas Naxos – Stunning property with pool, 3.8 km from Chora
Location | Halcyon Suites are located in a quiet area, 3.8 km from the bustling old town of Chora and 4 km from Naxos airport.
Rooms | The property features a range of Cycladic suites with fully equipped kitchens, a seating area and a balcony with mountain views. Some apartments come with a private spa. Guest can enjoy a complimentary breakfast.
Facilities | The hotel boast a pool, a restaurant and a bar.
Best for | Best hotel in Naxos, near Chora for a Romantic getaway, couples, escape from it all, luxury stay.
Hotel Grotta – Cycladic Hotel with Pool, a short walk from the old town
Location | Hotel Grotta Naxos is situated a 15-minutes walk to the Temple of Apollo and also a 15-minutes walk to the old town. It is also near Grotta Beach.
Rooms | A range of tastefully decorated rooms that can sleep 2-3 adults is available to guests. Each room comes with a balcony and fridge and some feature a sea view.
Facilities | Hotel facilities include a swimming pool, complimentary breakfast, free parking and free airport shuttle bus. The property also features an in-house restaurant, a bar and an excursion desk.
Best for | Best hotel Naxos Chora for Couples, romance & nightlife lovers.
Arco Naxos Luxury Apartments – Beautiful Apartments Naxos Chora, close to the beach
Location | Arco Naxos is located between the old town and the beach. A walk to the old town will take 5 minutes and to Agios Georgios Beach only 10 minutes.
Rooms | All apartments come with a fully equipped kitchen, a minibar and some come with a terrace with a garden view.
Facilities | The hotel boasts a lush garden, a sun terrace and a bar. They can also arrange a car rental.
Best for | One of the best places to stay Naxos Chora, close to the beach. Excellent for beach and nightlife lovers, couples, families, groups of friends.
Midrange Accommodation in Naxos Chora
Naxian Horizon – Double Cycladic Apartments, close to the beach
Location | Naxian Horizon is located 5 minutes walk to old town Chora and also a 5-minutes walk to Agios Georgios Beach.
Rooms | Each apartment comes with a double bed, a kitchenette with a stove, fridge and coffee machine. There is also a furnished balcony.
Facilities | Airport shuttle and breakfast is available for an extra charge. The hotel can also arrange a car rental.
Best for | Couples, romantic stay, beach and nightlife lovers.
Sweet Home Naxos – Apartments for large families or groups of friends
Location | Sweet Home Naxos is located a 14-minutes walk to the beach and about a similar distance to the old town of Chora Naxos.
Rooms | The hotel features a range of apartments that can sleep 2-7 adults. All come with a balcony, dining area and a fully equipped kitchen.
Facilities | Facilities include free parking, dry cleaning, car rental and a patio.
Best for | Best place to stay on Naxos Chora for large groups.
Budget Chora Naxos Greece Hotels
Magic View – One of the best cheap hotels Naxos Chora
Location | Magic View Hotel Naxos is situated right by Grotta Beach, a 10-minutes walk to the old town and 18 minutes walk to Agios Georgios Beach.
Rooms | A range of rooms is available equipped with a private bathroom and fridge. Some come with a kitchenette and a balcony, others have access to a shared balcony.
Facilities | Free transfer to the Naxos port or airport is provided.
Best for | Friends and couples.
Agios Georgios Beach – Best places to stay in Naxos for first-timers
Agios Georgios Beach is located just a few minutes walk to the capital of Naxos, Chora and it’s the perfect compromise between staying close to the shops and nightlife and being able to walk to the beach daily. The area has a good range of best hotels on Naxos ranging from luxury to budget places. Various grocery shops, bakeries, cafes and restaurants located in this part of Naxos, ensure a convenient stay.
Agios Georgios stretches 2 km along the shore and boasts a sandy beach with shallow waters that are perfect for little children. You actually need to walk a long distance for the water to get deep enough to swim. The area is excellent for families, which tend to prefer to stay on the northern end of the beach that also features a lifeguard. But, it is also good for friends and couples that choose chic beach clubs and bars in the southern part.
The beach has plenty of free space to come with your own towel as well as has many beach bars that offer sunbeds and umbrellas for rent as well as drink service for a more fancy beach day. There is also plenty of beach restaurants to come back in the evening for a candle-lit dinner. Just follow a wooden decking that runs along the beach, to find the perfect dinner spot.
The southern end of the beach is excellent for windsurfing and a few surf schools offer lessons for beginners.
BEST FOR | First-timers to Naxos, beachgoers, nightlife lovers.
AGIOS GEORGIOS NAXOS TO DO |
Enjoy the wide stretch of beach
Chill at Vamos Beach Bar
Learn surfing at Flisvos Sportclub
AGIOS GEORGIOS RESTAURANTS |
Nissaki Restaurant since 1971 | Best restaurant in Naxos Agios Georgios Beach for a fancy dinner, beachfront
Kavouri | Traditional, family-owned, Greek food, beachfront
Oasis Restaurant | Greek food
Luxury Hotels in Naxos
The Saint Vlassis Naxos – Hotel with a superb restaurant & a penthouse with a jacuzzi.
Location | This property is located in a quiet area, a 10-minute walk to the beach and a 15-minutes walk to Chora Naxos.
Rooms | All rooms come with a balcony, minibar and a coffee machine while the penthouse comes with a large terrace and a jacuzzi bathtub.
Facilities | Hotel facilities include a complimentary breakfast, free parking, a restaurant and a bar.
Best for | Luxury stay for couples near the beach.
Argo Boutique Hotel – Hotel 2 minutes from the beach & suites with a jacuzzi.
Location | Argo Boutique Hotel is located only a 2-minute walk from Agios Georgios.
Rooms | A range of rooms come equipped with a balcony and fridge and some suites come with an outdoor jacuzzi, spa bath or hydromassage shower cabin.
Facilities | Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast and use of pool, spa, a bar and a restaurant.
Best for | Couples on a romantic stay by the beach.
Midrange Agios Georgios Naxos Hotels
Naxos Hotel Poseidon – A hotel 100 meters from the beach.
Location | Hotel Poseidon Naxos is located 100 meters from the northern edge of Agios Georgios and a short walk to Chora marina restaurants and cafes.
Rooms | The hotel features a range of tastefully designed Cycladic rooms and suites sleeping up to 4 adults. All rooms come with a balcony, a fridge and a coffee machine while some come with a hydromassage cabin.
Facilities | A charming cafe – bar is available to guests.
Best for | Couples and families, beachgoers.
Naxos Enjoy Apartments – Beautiful Cycladic apartments close to the beach.
Location | Enjoy Apartments in Naxos are located a 5-minutes walk to Agios Georgios Beach.
Rooms | A range of double, triple and 2-bed apartments is available to guests. All are tastefully decorated and come with a fully equipped kitchen and a balcony.
Facilities | The property offers free parking and a free airport shuttle.
Best for | Couples, families, friends, beach lovers.
Depis Suites – Apartments 100 meters from the beach.
Location | Depis Suites are located a minute walk to the beach and a few minutes walk to Chora.
Rooms | All apartments come with a balcony, a fully equipped kitchen, a private hydromassage and can sleep up to 6 adults.
Facilities | Transfer can be provided for an extra charge.
Best for | Self-catering stay by the beach, a larger group of friends and families.
Budget Agios Georgios Hotels
Studios Rea Sun – Budget apartment, 2-minutes walk to Agios Georgios.
Location | Studios Rea Sun Naxos are situated just over 100 meters from the northern end of Agios Georgios Beach and a few minutes walk to Chora.
Rooms | Studios come equipped with a fully equipped kitchenette, a balcony and can sleep up to 3 adults.
Facilities | Facilities include a TV lounge area for guests and free parking.
Best for | Friends and families, beach lovers.
Agia Anna Naxos
Just 7 km south of Naxos Town and the port, along the western coast of the island, you’ll find the charming fishing village of Agia Anna. Naxos airport can be reached within a 7-minutes drive. Agia Anna Greece boasts a more relaxing vibe compared to the bustling Chora without lacking in available tourist facilities such as restaurants, beach bars, cafes and rental shops. Agia Anna is also excellent for affordable booking Naxos hotels from luxury to budget options. Agia Anna is really one of the best villages in Naxos if you don’t mind the absence of vibrant nightlife.
The town has a lovely stretch of a sandy Agia Anna beach with shallow water that is suitable for everyone to enjoy. Various beach bars and picturesque cafes line up the coast offering sunbeds and umbrellas rental and drink and food service. There is also plenty of room to bring your own towel if you prefer that.
At the end of the beach, boat cruises leave daily to the nearby Greek islands such as Kaufonissi from a small jetty. And a short walk away from the village centre, you can find a quaint white and blue church. Walk behind it, for stunning, panoramic vistas of Agia Anna and some interesting rock formations. You can find here a secluded spot and enjoy your little, private beach for a romantic time or just a relaxing time by yourself. Nearby, there is also a nudist beach.
When you get bored of the Agia Anna beach, 16 minutes walk from the town of Agia Anna Naxos, there is Agio Procopios Beach, which is one of the best beaches in Naxos!
In the evenings, you can dine at one of the beachfront restaurants, try the famous Paradiso Taverna for some tasty Greek food and stunning sunset views. There is also an outdoor cinema, excellent for evening entertainment.
BEST FOR | Affordable accommodation, relaxed vacation, couples, families, beach lovers.
BEST AGIA ANNA RESTAURANTS |
Traditional Greek Tavern Giannoulis | Best restaurant Naxos Greece for homemade food and service
Paradiso Taverna | Greek food with tables on the beach
Ostria Cafe Restaurant | Cute cafe on the beach, great food
Luxury Hotels Naxos – Agia Anna
Cycladic Islands Hotel & Spa – Hotel with pool.
Location | The property is located 11 minutes walk from the beach.
Rooms | All double, twin and triple rooms come with a coffee and tea maker, a fridge and a balcony, some feature a sea view. Suites also come equipped with a private kitchen.
Facilities | Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast, free parking and access to the hotel bar and spa facilities and a swimming pool.
Best for | Friends, a family & couples, beach vacation, pool lovers, self-catering.
Iria Beach Art Hotel – Beachfront hotel right on Agia Anna Beach Naxos.
Location | Iria Beach Art Hotel is located right on the beach, in the heart of the village.
Rooms | The hotel features a range of double and triple rooms equipped with a balcony and a coffee machine. Some rooms come with a sea view and a whirlpool tub.
Facilities | Hotel facilities include a fitness centre and spa. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary breakfast and free parking.
Best for | Couples, romantic, chilled stay on the beach.
Midrange Agia Anna Hotels
Orion Naxos Hotel – Rooms with kitchenette, near the beach.
Location | Orion Naxos Hotel is located near the Agia Anna and rock formations. Agia Anna Beach is located within a 7-minute walk.
Rooms | All rooms come with a kitchenette and a balcony, some also feature a seating area and a sea view. Suites can sleep up to 4 adults.
Facilities | Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast and a shared lounge.
Best for | Self-catering vacation, friends, families, couples.
Sea Nymphs Suites – Attractive suites with large terraces.
Location | The hotel is situated right in the heart of Agia Anna, and across the street from its beach.
Rooms | The property features a range of double rooms and double deluxe suites that feature a minibar, coffee machine and a large terrace.
Facilities | Free parking and breakfast can be provided at an additional charge. The hotel can also arrange a port or airport shuttle.
Best for | Romantic stay for couples, near the beach.
Budget Agia Anna Naxos Hotels
Despina Hotel – Rooms with kitchen + balcony.
Location | Hotel Despina Naxos is located an 8-minute walk to Agia Anna Beach.
Rooms | Rooms can sleep from 2 to 4 adults and all come with a private balcony with a garden view and kitchen. Some of the rooms feature a spacious dining area.
Facilities | Free parking and wifi in its public areas.
Best for | Friends, couples, families, self-catering vacation.
Birbas Hotel – Studios with kitchen + balcony.
Location | Hotel Birbas is located a 13-minutes walk to the beach and town of Agia Anna.
Rooms | The property feature double and superior studios as well as family rooms. All come with a private kitchen and a balcony.
Facilities | There is free parking for guests and car rental arrangements on request.
Best for | Families, couples, friends.
Where to stay in Naxos for a family vacation?
Agios Prokopios Naxos
Agios Prokopios Beach Naxos is easily one of the best beaches Naxos island is so renowned for! For those, that value staying close to a beautiful, quiet beach where it’s safe to swim even for kids, this may be the perfect place on the island.
Agios Prokopios Beach is sandwiched between Naxos Town and Agia Anna town with only 6 km distance to the Naxos port and 4 km to the airport of Naxos. Agios Prokopios boasts an expansive stretch of golden sand and shallow, azure waters. There is a lifeguard on site ensuring every member of the family stays safe and has plenty of room to bring your own towel and umbrella.
There are two parts of the beach with a little different vibe. The northern end is quiet with nothing more than a beach, perfect for families and nature lovers while the southern end is packed with cute beach bars that offer sunbeds and deliver cocktails straight to your sun lounger. Along the southern end, you can also find a range of cafes and restaurants.
The area of Agios Prokopios features an excellent Naxos accommodation choice including some incredible luxury hotels Naxos Greece. And, staying around here does not necessarily mean being completely cut off from civilisation. When you feel bored with Agios Prokopios, you can take a stroll along the coast and visit the town of Agia Anna.
BEST FOR | Best place to stay in Naxos Greece for beach and nature lovers, chilled stay away from it all, family vacation with kids.
BEST AGIOS PROKOPIOS RESTAURANTS |
La Trattoria | Italian food by the beach
Del Mar Cafè | Pizza, pasta, sandwiches
Symposium | Greek cuisine
Luxury Agios Prokopios Hotels
Virtu Suites Naxos – Luxury Agios Prokopios Hotel Naxos with sea view and jacuzzi.
Location | Virtu Suites are located just across the street from Agios Prokopios Beach, close to a good selection of cafes and restaurants.
Rooms | A range of rooms, suites and villas are offered, some come with a private jacuzzi or pool. All units come equipped with a kitchen and a balcony. They also all boast a sea view.
Facilities | The property features an outdoor pool, sun terrace, an in-house restaurant and a spa and wellness centre.
Best for | One of Naxos hotels on the beach best for friends and families, couples, luxury beach vacation.
Margaret of Naxos – Rooms with jacuzzi.
Location | Margaret of Naxos is located a minute walk from the beach and close to an excellent range of beach clubs and restaurants.
Rooms | A range of double and triple rooms come equipped with tea and coffee making facilities and a minibar. Some units come with a balcony and a jacuzzi tub.
Facilities | Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast and car/bike or shuttle services can be arranged upon request.
Best for | Couples, families.
Liana Beach Hotel & Spa – Beachfront hotel with a pool.
Location | This Agios Prokopios hotel is located a minute walk from the beach and near a selection of cafes and restaurants.
Rooms | A range of double and triple rooms are offered to guests, all come with a balcony and tea and coffee making facilities. Some units feature a sea view and a hot tub.
Facilities | Hotel facilities include an outdoor pool, fitness and spa centre, a restaurant and a bar as well as free parking. Guests can also enjoy a complimentary breakfast.
Best for | Couples, families, friends, beach stay.
Midrange Agios Prokopios Hotels
Katerina Hotel Naxos – Rooms and studios with pool access.
Location | Katerina Hotel is located a few minutes walk to Agios Prokopios beach.
Rooms | The property features a range of twin rooms and one-bed apartments with a kitchen and balcony.
Facilities | The hotel offers an outdoor pool with sunbeds, free parking, a bar, an airport shuttle and excursions arrangements upon request. Breakfast is available at an additional charge.
Best for | Friends or a family.
Hotel Semeli – Cycladic rooms with pool access.
Location | Hotel Semeli Naxos is located a 7-minute walk to the beach.
Rooms | Tastefully decorated, Cycladic win rooms are equipped with a kettle, fridge and a balcony. They also come with a smart TV including Netflix.
Facilities | Guests can enjoy a complimentary breakfast, free parking and use of the pool. The hotel can also arrange airport transfers.
Best for | Friends and couples.
Budget Agios Prokopios Naxos Hotels
Golden Bay Naxos – Apartments with the kitchen by the beach.
Location | Golden Bay is located a minute walk to the beach and a range of cafes and restaurants.
Rooms | A range of rooms include studios and 2-bed apartments. All include a balcony and a kitchen.
Facilities | Free private parking, car rental and excursions arrangements.
Best for | Friends, families, couples.
Plaka Beach Naxos
Situated a 20-minutes drive from Naxos port and capital Chora on the western coast, Plaka Naxos is known to be the best beach in Naxos. When you visit the island, you’ll be spoiled with superb beaches in Naxos Greece, and Naxos Plaka is certainly one of them!
Plaka Beach on Naxos is one of the unspoiled and underdeveloped beaches on Naxos, with golden sand and calm waters thanks to its sheltered location. At its northern edge, you will find a few hotels, a couple of beach bars and sunbeds and parasol rentals. Don’t expect, loud music and a lively, party vibe though! Even this part is super quiet and perfect for a relaxing getaway in nature. The southern end of Plaka Beach on Naxos is even less developed, with not much besides a golden beach and gentle waves washing against the shore.
In terms of accommodation, Plaka Naxos Greece has a good selection of superb luxury and mid-range hotels that cater for couples and families. Some of them have access to a private beach, while more budget hotels are set further back from the beach.
Plaka Naxos is an excellent base for exploring the mountainous villages of Naxos that will give you the authentic Cycladic island experience. If you only have one day, make sure you visit Filoti and Chalki – both extremely charming! It is also close to Mikri Vigla Beach – the island’s kitesurfing and windsurfing paradise and a lively Maragas Beach with chic beach clubs and bars for days that you crave being more around people.
If you’re looking for where to stay in Naxos Greece with a family or a partner for relaxing Naxos holidays in nature and away from the crowds, Plaka – one of the best beaches Naxos is famous for, is ideal!
BEST FOR | Plaka Beach is one of the best places to stay Naxos for a chilled family holiday and for couples that love nature and quiet time.
THINGS TO DO NAXOS PLAKA |
Enjoy the stunning Plaka Beach
Have a drink at Earth Bar
Visit Maragas Beach Naxos
Explore the villages of Filoti and Chalki
Take a day trip to Mikri Vigla Naxos
Take a bus to Chora
PLAKA NAXOS RESTAURANTS |
Tohu Beach Bar Restaurant | Boho vibe with simple, tasty food
Voula Restaurant | Seafood and Mediterranean home-made cuisine
Eart Bar | Excellent cocktails and food
Best Plaka Naxos Hotels
Medusa Beach Resort Naxos – Beachfront Plaka Hotel Naxos with pool.
Location | Medusa Resort Naxos is situated right on the beach, on the northern end of Plaka Beach a few minutes walk along the beach to a couple of beach bars.
Rooms | The property features a range of double, twin, family rooms and suites. All come with a balcony with a sea view and a minibar.
Facilities | Guests can enjoy a pool set in a lush garden, a pool bar, a beach bar with sunbeds and two restaurants. Free parking and a superb breakfast are also available as well as canoeing and snorkelling equipment.
Best for | Families, couples and friends, luxury, small resort vibe on the beach.
Nikos & Maria Studios,Apts and Suites – Deluxe suites with jacuzzi & 2-bed apartments for families.
Location | This property is located a minute walk to Maragas Beach, with a range of beach bars and cafes. Plaka Beach is a short walk away.
Rooms | A range of rooms is available to guests, all come with a balcony and a kitchenette. Some units feature a sea view, while deluxe suites come with a hot tub. There is also a 2-bed apartment for bigger groups and families.
Facilities | Free airport shuttle and parking is offered to guests as well as breakfast for an extra charge. The hotel also features a bar and a restaurant.
Best for | Comfy family holiday with kitchen facilities, romantic stays for couples.
Golden Sand Plaka Naxos – Beachfront Plaka Hotel with pool & family rooms and jacuzzi suites.
Location | Golden Sand Naxos is set right on the most northern end of Plaka Beach, minutes walk to Maragas Beach.
Rooms | A range of rooms is available to guests – double, triple, suites with sea view and jacuzzi as well as family apartments with kitchen.
Facilities | The hotel features a pool, bar and a restaurant. An airport shuttle is also available upon request.
Best for | Families as well as couples on a romantic getaway, beach lovers and pool-goers.
Affordable Plaka Beach Naxos Hotels
Acti Plaka Hotel Naxos – Studios & family apartments with kitchen.
Location | Acti Plaka is located just a few steps away from Plaka Beach and a couple of beach bars and a nearby bus stop.
Rooms | The hotel features studios and two-bed apartments. All come with a balcony with a sea view and a kitchenette.
Facilities | Facilities include an outdoor pool, free parking and BBQ facilities.
Best for | Friends, couples, families.
Blue Harmony Apartments Plaka – Budget studios with kitchen for 1-3 adults.
Location | The hotel is set 120 meters from Plaka’s northern edge.
Rooms | All studios come equipped with a kitchen and a balcony.
Facilities | Free parking and breakfast, and airport shuttle are available for an additional charge.
Best for | Solo travellers, couples, friends and families.
Where to stay for Luxury Hotels in Naxos – Stelida Naxos
Situated between the two most popular places to stay in Naxos Greece – Naxos Town and Agios Prokopios Beach, Stelida Naxos is a new area that features the best luxury hotels in Naxos island. Naxos Stelida is a convenient 10-minutes drive to Chora Naxos port and a 5-minutes drive to Naxos airport.
The village of Stelida is a super quiet location with a selection of luxurious hotels perched on a hill and a few places to eat, mostly hotel restaurants. Stelida, however, is near one of Naxos best beaches – Agios Prokopios, which can be reached in 15-minutes on foot. Within a short drive, you can also access Agios Prokopios restaurants and beach bars. And, a little further down the coast, the charming village of Agia Anna offers even more facilities. If you’re travelling with a family, there is also a small waterpark called Aqua Fun.
BEST FOR | One of the best places to stay in Naxos Greece for Luxury seekers, adult-only stays, romantic getaways, relaxing holidays away from it all.
THINGS TO DO |
Chill by the pool and enjoy hotel service
Laze on Agios Prokopios Beach
Have a fun day at Aqua Fun
Visit Agia Anna
Go on a night out to Chora
BEST RESTAURANTS |
Stelida Restaurant | Excellent Greek Food
Avali | Greek food & seafood with a stunning view
Best Luxury Stelida Hotels Naxos
Here are the best and most luxurious Stelida Naxos hotels:
Naxian Utopia Luxury Villas & Suites – Cycladic villas with private pool.
Location | Naxian Utopia Hotel is located a 12-minutes walk to Agios Prokopios beach and restaurants.
Rooms | Each stunning Cycladic suite is tastefully decorated and comes equipped with a large seating area, a coffee machine and a furnished terrace that features a private pool and garden. The hotel also features a range of villas for bigger groups that also come with a jacuzzi.
Facilities | The 5 star hotel Naxos features a plunge pool with sunbeds, a restaurant, a bar, a fully equipped gym and a spa. Free parking and a complimentary breakfast is also offered to guests.
Best for | Families, groups as well as couples, private pool stay.
Kavos Boutique Hotel Naxos – Seaview apartments with kitchenette.
Location | Kavos Hotel Naxos is located in Stelida, a 9-minutes walk to the northern end of Agios Prokopios, which is a more quiet part.
Rooms | All suites open to a furnished patio featuring a sea view. They also come equipped with a kitchen and seating area.
Facilities | Hotel facilities, include a pool with sea views, a fitness centre, a superb Stelida Restaurant and a cafe.
Best for | Couples, friends and families, pool and sea view lovers.
Kouros Art Hotel – Adult-Only Stelida Hotel
Location | Kouros Art Hotel is located a 12-minutes walk to the northern end of Agios Prokopios, which is a more quiet part.
Rooms | A range of rooms is available to guests, all come with a coffee machine and a balcony.
Facilities | The property features a pool and hot tub area boasting panoramic views. Hotel guests can enjoy adult-only facilities, complimentary breakfast, a bar area and a superb restaurant. Spa facilities, yoga and pilates classes are also available as well as traditional dancing and various events.
Best for | Couple holidays & romantic stay.
Naxian Collection Luxury Villas & Suites – Villas with private pools.
Location | Naxian Collection Hotel is located a 12-minute walk from the southern end of Agios Prokopios that features beach bars and a range of restaurants.
Rooms | A range of uniquely styled suites and villas of different sizes is featured by the property, some come with a private pool or jacuzzi and feature a sea view.
Facilities | Breakfast can be enjoyed in the privacy of guests’ villas and the hotel can accommodate all special requests.
Best for | Best hotel in Naxos Greece for couples, private pool stay.
Where to stay on Naxos for a remote escape?
Pyrgaki & Aliko Beach Naxos
If you’re looking for where to stay Naxos for an ultimate remote escape, the area of Alyko Beach Naxos could be a perfect choice. Set amongst lush Cedar Forest, 18 km south of Naxos Town and port, Naxos Aliko Beach boasts exceptional natural beauty.
Picture a remote golden beach framed by shallow azure waters and lush greenery. Aliko Naxo Beach is all about bringing your own picnic and a towel and spending a relaxing day away from screaming kids and blasting beach clubs music! If this sounds like you’re cup of tea, then Aliko is your place. There are no sunbeds or beach bars on Aliko Beach, instead, you will find here a picturesque bay with a quaint church perched on one end. Aliko is the best beach Naxos for nature lovers!
If you get bored of Alyko Beach, just a few minutes stroll from Aliko Beach, you can find other stunning Naxos Greece Beaches, perfect for exploring or relaxing. There is Hawaii Beach Naxos, just across the cedar forest to the south with the iconic cliffs. Between Hawaii Beach and Aliko Beach, check also out the ruins of an abandoned hotel, covered with colourful graffiti.
And, if you prefer to rent out sunbeds and have drinks service for the day, a 12-minutes walk to the east you can find Pyrgaki Beach Naxos. Pyrgaki area has also a couple of tavernas and water sports rental including jetski, SUP boards, kayaks and banana boating. A short drive north from Hawaii Naxos, there is also Glyfada Beach Naxos popular with windsurfing and kitesurfing.
BEST FOR | A quiet, chilled beach stay, exploring the best Naxos beaches, best of Naxos nature, couples, nature lovers.
THINGS TO DO |
Enjoy the quiet Aliko Beach
Visit Hawaii Beach
Rent out a sunbed for the day at Pyrgaki
Try SUP or kayaking at Pyrgaki
Snap some photos at the Chapel of Agios Georgios
Explore the shore and the cedar forest
Learn kitesurfing at Glyfada Beach
BEST RESTAURANTS ALIKO |
Kotaki Tavern | Homemade traditional Greek food, beach views (Pyrgaki Beach)
Taverna | (Pyrgaki Beach) Traditional Greek food
Lighthouse of Aliko | location, near Faros Villas, Greek food
Best Hotels Naxos near Aliko & Pyrgaki Beaches
Finikas Hotel Naxos – Suites with jacuzzi, spa & gym access.
Location | Finikas Beach Hotel Naxos is tucked between Pyrgaki and Aliko Beaches, a few minutes walk to each.
Rooms | Finikas Naxos offers sea-view suites that can sleep 2-4 adults. All come with a minibar and a balcony. Some suites come with a jacuzzi.
Facilities | Hotel facilities include a pool with a bar, a private beach area, an in-house restaurant and a complimentary breakfast. The property also features a wellness centre including a hammam, a hot tub, a sauna and a fully equipped gym.
Best for | Couples & romantic getaway.
Naxian Resort – Large Villas for families or groups of friends.
Location | Naxian Resort is located a 5-minutes walk to Pyrgaki Beach and a 15-minutes walk to Aliko Beach Naxos.
Rooms | The property features 2-5 bedroom tastefully decorated villas with a large private garden, a terrace, a large living area and a fully equipped kitchen. Some villas come also with a private pool.
Facilities | Car rental facilities available.
Best for | Families and group of friends.
Best Affordable Pyrgaki Hotels Naxos
Psili Ammos Studios – Budget studios with kitchen, by the beach.
Location | This property is located on the eastern end of Pyrgaki Beach, a few meters away from the coast and an 18-minutes walk to Aliko Beach.
Rooms | Available studios can sleep 2-4 adults and all come with a kitchen and a balcony.
Facilities | Psili Ammos feature a traditional restaurant with a sea view.
Best for | Couples, families and friends, beach lovers, self-catering chilled holiday.
If the off-beaten track is the definition of your perfect holiday, perhaps the quaint village of Apollonas will suit you the most. Apollonas is located on the northern coast of the island, 36 km away from Chora. Because the drive takes around an hour, the village of Apollonas largely remains under the radar of mainstream tourism on Naxos.
Apollonas served as a fishing village and a port from where the Naxian marble was exported. Today, the village is a sleepy place with a few tavernas, a limited number of guesthouses and rooms for rent and a small, sandy beach. The most famous attraction is a half-finished, almost 11 meters tall statue dating back to the 6th century BC. The archaeologists believe, the statue is probably representing Dionysus. You can find the Kouros Statue of Apollonas near the village entrance.
The village is far away from pretty much all the other best places and things to do in Naxos island, and if you’re planning to explore the island, Apollonas may not be for you. But, if you’re after a remote, non-touristy village, consider Apollonas.
BEST FOR | Best area to stay in Naxos Greece for quirky, off-grid holiday, complete off the beaten track.
THINGS TO DO |
Check out Apollonas Kouros statue
Visit church of Agios Ioannis Prodromos
Visit Tower of Ayia
BEST RESTAURANTS |
Nikos Tavern | Excellent food (Greek & seafood) with a sea view
Apollon | Traditional Greek food with a rich menu
Kalimera Grill | Souvlaki dishes
Where to Stay Naxos Apollonas
White House Apollon Naxos – Large apartments by the beach.
Location | This house is located a short walk from Apollon Beach.
Rooms | The property features 2-bed apartments that can sleep up to 6 adults, equipped with a kitchen and a balcony.
Facilities | Free parking, BBQ facilities and sun terrace.
Best for | Families or friends.
Location | 100 meters to Apollonas Beach.
Rooms | The property features 2-bed apartments that can sleep up to 5 adults, equipped with a kitchen, a balcony and features a sea view.
Facilities | Facilities include free parking.
Best for | Couples and families.
Best Place to Stay in Naxos for Windsurfing & Kitesurfing
Mikri Vigla Naxos
A 25 minutes drive down the western coast of Naxos from Chora, Mikri Vigla Beach attracts kites and windsurfers with world-class wind conditions. If you’re arriving on the plane, Naxos airport is 8 km away from Naxos Mikri Vigla.
Mikri Vigla is a small town that caters for an increasing number of kitesurfing enthusiasts with a few good accommodation options, a small range of tavernas and cafes. There are two main beaches in Mikri Vigla – the northern beach – the best beach in Naxos Greece for kite and windsurfing due to its strong north wind, and the southern beach which is calm, perfect for non-surfers that enjoy sun lounging and swimming. If you’ve never surfed before, know that learning kitesurfing is one of the best things to do in Naxos, and Mikri Vigla is the perfect place!
Even if you don’t surf, Mikri Vigla Naxos may be a perfect town to base yourself in. The town is only a minutes drive to some of the most stunning Naxos Greece beaches such as unspoiled Plaka Beach, north of the town, and Glyfada which is also great for windsurfing, Hawaii, Aliko and Pyrgaki which are calm beaches perfect for swimming and relaxing away from the crowds and noisy beach clubs. And, if you love exploring some of the more authentic Cycladic villages hidden away in the middle of the island, Mikri Vigla is also a great base. Two of the most charming villages, you have to visit are Chalki and Filoti.
BEST FOR | Kite & windsurfers and learners, nature and beach lovers, explorers, off-beaten track holiday.
THINGS TO DO |
Take wind or kite surfing lessons
Take a day trip to one of the stunning beaches
Visit Chalki & Filoti
BEST RESTAURANTS NAXOS GREECE MIKRI VIGLA |
Victoria Cafe | Excellent for breakfast and lunch
Naxian Gastronom | Simple Greek food
Taverna Axiotissa | Traditional, Greek cuisine
Best Places to Stay Naxos Mikri Vigla
Apricot and Sea Luxury Villas – Studios & villas with pool near Orkos & Plaka Beach.
Location | The property is situated between Orkos and Plaka Beach with a few minutes walk to both and a short drive to Mikri Vigla northern and southern bays.
Rooms | A range of studios and villas is available at the property. All come with a fully equipped kitchen and a balcony, some villas feature a private pool and a sea view.
Facilities | Facilities include a pool, BBQ facilities and car rental.
Best for | Couples, families, friends.
Orkos Beach Hotel Naxos – Hotel with spa & pool.
Location | Orkos Beach Hotel is located right in the heart of Mikri Vigla, 2-minute walk to Orkos Beach and another couple of minutes to Mikri Vigla northern beach.
Rooms | A range of rooms, family rooms and suites is available to guests. All come with a balcony and are equipped with a fridge and coffee and tea making facilities.
Facilities | Guests can enjoy an outdoor pool and a complimentary breakfast. The hotel also features a pool bar, spa and beauty centre, a mini library, kids playground and a chapel.
Best for | Kite and windsurfers, beach lovers
Villa Mousa – Villas & apartments with the kitchen by Plaka Beach.
Location | Villa Mousa is located a 17-minutes walk to Orkos Beach and a 10-minutes walk to Plaka Beach – its southern quieter end, near Mandala Beach Bar.
Rooms | A range of villas between 1 and 3 bedrooms is available to guests. All come with a balcony and kitchen, while some feature a private pool and sea views.
Best for | Friends, families, self-catering vacation.
Joanna Apartments – Budget apartments with kitchen near Mikri Vigla southern bay.
Location | Joanna Apartments are located 2 km away from Mikri Vigla southern bay and Kastraki Beach Naxos. Also, a range of tavernas is within a short walk from the accommodation.
Rooms | The property offers 1 or 2 bedroom apartments with a kitchen and a balcony featuring a sea view.
Facilities | Car rental and free private parking.
Best for | Couples, families, friends.
Where to stay on Naxos for the authentic experience?
Set in the very heart of Naxos island, Halki also spelt Chalki Naxos (or Chalkio Naxos) is a charming, small village with the authentic Cycladic vibe. Halki Naxos is located, a 25-minutes drive (16 km distance) from port Naxos and also 16 km from the island’s airport.
Despite being a bit of a hidden gem, Halki offers many interesting Naxos Greece things to do and exciting places to see, so if you don’t mind not staying close to a beach, Halki town may be a super unique alternative.
Chalki Naxos village boasts many excellent bars, cafes and traditional local tavernas hidden in the network of its narrow alleys. The best thing to do in Halki is to order freshly squeezed orange juice, sit, people watch and absorb all the cuteness! Don’t forget to try the village speciality – loukoumades, which are sweet, puffy pastries served with cinnamon, chocolate sauce or ice cream!
For all the culture enthusiasts, Halki is home to an excellent art gallery – Fish & Olive and an interesting Folklore Museum. Not to mention, all the quaint Byzantine churches waiting to be explored by you! Halki also has some excellent independent workshops – you can find here handmade textiles and jewellery, excellent items to bring back home with you as souvenirs or as a gift for your loved ones.
If you’re a photographer, make sure you have your camera fully charged and ready because Halki is packed with delightful alleys, adorable buildings and stunning nature. The area of Halki Naxos is also famous for superb Naxos hiking trails. Some of the more popular hiking trails include a 6.5 km Circular Path to the village of Monitsia. There are also some shorter ones suitable for all levels.
And, when you feel like spending a day on the beach, Chalkio is located only 12 km from one of the best beaches on Naxos – Plaka Beach.
BEST FOR | One of the best places to stay Naxos Greece for explorers, authentic experience seekers, local live vibe, outdoor lovers, hikers.
BEST THINGS TO DO IN NAXOS GREECE HALKI |
Go on one of the historic hikes
Try loukoumades – puffy doughnuts at Liotrivi Cafe
Drink fresh orange juice at Four Tastes and people watch
Visit Aghios Georgios Diasorits Church, location
Check out Vallindras Distilerry
Visit the Folklore Museum Florios Chorianopoulos
Shop for handmade textiles and jewellery
Visit Fish & Olive Gallery
Go out for a few drinks at Kitron
Go on a day trip to Filoti
Visit Monastery Fotodoti
BEST RESTAURANTS IN NAXOS HALKI |
Kitron | Citron Cocktail Bar, great for an evening drink
Halki Cafe | Great for breakfast or brunch, crepes
Four Tastes Cafe | Cute seating, fresh orange juice and home-made cakes
Liotrivi | Location, delicious loukoumades -puffy doughnuts with cinnamon, ice cream or chocolate!
Hotels Naxos Town of Halki
ELaiolithos Luxury Retreat in Naxos – Eco-friendly hotel offering unique, local experience.
Location | The property is perched at 500 m altitude, 3.7 km away from the village of Halki and surrounded by nature.
Rooms | A range of suites is available to guests, all equipped with a kitchen and a furnished terrace.
Facilities | Guests can enjoy an organic, local breakfast, free parking, a fruit basket and cooking class as well as access to a fruit and veggie garden.
Best for | Couples, families, friends, sustainability enthusiasts, nature lovers and local experience seekers.
Chrysolithos Kerami Apartments – Accommodation with kitchen in Halki.
Location | The property is located a 12-minutes walk to the heart of the Halki village centre with a range of cafes and tavernas.
Rooms | The property features double rooms and 1-2 beds apartments. All units come with a kitchen and a balcony.
Facilities | Sun terrace and free private parking.
Best for | Couples, families, friends, self-catering stay.
NATURE HOUSE #1 – Budget apartments with kitchen.
Location | The property is located an 11-minutes walk to the heart of the Halki village centre with a range of cafes and tavernas.
Rooms | One-bed apartments with a kitchen, a dining area and a balcony are available to guests.
Facilities | Free parking.
Best for | Friends.
Just over 2 km southeast of Halki Naxos, there is another adorable local village called Filoti Naxos. You can reach Filoti in 30 minutes, driving southeast from Chora and a similar time from the Naxos airport. The nearest beach – Plaka, is a 30-minutes drive away.
Filoti is the largest village on the Cyclades island Naxos, built on the slopes of mount Zas with some spectacular island views, traditional Cycladic architecture with sugar cube houses, quaint churches and whitewashed alleys. The most picturesque part of Filoti is a small square, home to Panagia Filotitissa Church. From the church, head towards the main road west through the adorable alley until you get to a cute cafe with colourful chairs set on a large staircase. The place is owned by a super friendly elderly lady and it’s called The Old Cinema (To Palio Cinema). Have a coffee here and a desert and spend a lazy afternoon chilling in the shade.
Filoti village Naxos is a great base for outdoor lovers and hikers. Some of the best hikes in Naxos start from Filoti and the choice is ample! Perhaps, the most popular hike to do in Filoti is Mount Zas trail. Naxos Filoti is also excellent to experience the local life, spend some time in the local tavernas, talk to the Naxians and eat what they eat. And, oh boy, Filoti has an excellent choice of the local, family-owned tavernas where you can gorge on the Cycladic and Greek cuisine and eat your heart out. I’m leaving a list of the best places to eat Naxos in Filoti below.
Filoti Naxos features a small range of well-priced and privately owned apartments and villas, I can’t recommend enough adding either a stay in Filoti or Halki to your Naxos itinerary!
BEST FOR | Explorers, authentic experience seekers, local live vibe, outdoor lovers, hikers.
THINGS TO DO |
Visit Church of Panagia Filotitissa
Stroll through Filoti’s whitewashed alleys & take photos
Check the gate & fountain at Barozzi Tower
Have the best food in Naxos in one of the local tavernas
Hike Mount Zas Trail
BEST RESTAURANTS IN NAXOS TOWN FILOTI |
To Palio Cinema | Superb waffles, omelettes and cakes
Cavo D’oro | Homemade pizzas and live music
Nicolas Restaurant | Excellent gyros
Karra’s Corner | Greek cuisine, good veggie options
Filoti Naxos Where to Stay
Giannakis Filoxenia – Apartments in heart of Filoti.
Location | The property is located a 5-minutes walk to Filoti old town and a range of cafes and tavernas.
Rooms | A range of apartments that sleep up to 4 adults is offered to guests with a balcony and a kitchen.
Facilities | Guests can relax in a garden or an in-house bar. Breakfast is available at an extra charge.
Best for | Friends or families.
Dreamcatcher of Zeus – Cycladic rooms with kitchen.
Location | This guesthouse is located a 10-minutes walk to Filoti Naxos.
Rooms | Tastefully decorated double, triple rooms and studios are available to guests, equipped with a kitchen and a balcony.
Facilities | Car rental and free parking.
Best for | Families and friends.
Vivlos also called Tripodes is one of the bigger villages on Naxos, a 15-minutes (7 km) drive from the port of Chora and 11 minutes from the airport. Plaka Beach is also only a few minutes drive away from the village.
In the past, the pirate raids forced the inhabitants of the Plaka area into the land, and that’s how villages such as Vivlos came into existence. Why would you want to stay in Vivlos? Well, for the living like a local experience! Plaka Beach is also only a few kilometres away from Vivlos, so this location may really work for some.
BEST FOR | Explorers, authentic experience seekers, local live vibe, outdoor lovers, hikers.
THINGS TO DO |
Visit Temple of Dimitra
Visit the Church of Panagia Tripodiotissa
Check out Vivlos windmills
Visit Plaka Tower
Explore the Folklore Museum houses by an old olive windmill
Try baked goods at Artos Lagogianni
BEST RESTAURANTS IN NAXOS GREECE VIVLOS |
Banikos Coffee Tavern | Non-touristy Greek food
Skoulatos Restaurant – Barbecue – Cafe | Naxian food, excellent hospitality
Best Hotels in Naxos Greece Vivlos
Mylos Hotel – Rooms and apartments with the kitchen in Vivlos.
Location | Mylos Hotel Naxos is located a 4-minutes walk from the village centre.
Rooms | A range of rooms and apartments is available to guests, being able to accommodate up to 4 adults. All units feature a balcony and a kitchen.
Facilities | Free parking, shared lounge, terrace and a garden. The hotel also provides luggage storage and room service.
Best for | Friends, families and couples.
Vivlos. Maisonette with View – 1 Bedroom Holiday Home for up to 4 adults.
Location | The property is located a few minutes walk to the centre of the village.
Rooms | The house features 1 bedroom and a sofa bed in the lounge, 2 bathrooms, a fully equipped kitchen and a patio.
Facilities | Free parking.
Best for | Friends, couples or a family.
Mandilaras Village – Stylish studios near Vivlos.
Location | Mandilaras Village is located 1.4 km from Vivlos village centre.
Rooms | A range of studios equipped with a kitchen and a balcony for 2-4 adults is available to guests. Some of the units feature a sea view.
Facilities | Free parking.
Best for | Friends, couples or a family.
How to Get to Naxos?
Direct Flights to Naxos
The only direct way via an aeroplane to the island is Athens to Naxos flight. Several airlines serve this connection and these are Olympic, Sky Express and Aegean. Use a flights browser such as Kayak to find the cheapest or best flight.
Naxos airport is situated on the western coast of the island, an 8-minutes drive from Chora. You can hire a car, take a taxi or a bus to get to your Naxos accommodation.
How to get to Naxos from the UK?
As there is no direct flight between the UK and Naxos, you will need to fly to Athens and then go on a flight Athens to Naxos, which operate multiple times per day. You can also take a ferry to Naxos from Pireaus Port in Athens. Check the next section for more information.
The most common way of getting to Naxos is taking a ferry either from Athens or, if you’re island hopping in the Cyclades, from another island. Several companies service the route between the Cycladic islands in Greece such as Seajets, Blue Star Naxos, and Hellenic Seaways.
If you want to save some money on the ferries that can be costly, especially if you’re island hopping, I recommend booking your fares way in advance. I always use Ferry Scanner to look for the best tickets. If you’re planning your trip to Naxos at peak season, booking your ferry in advance makes even more sense, especially if you’re not very flexible on dates. If you book online, Ferry Scanner offers an extended free cancellation period in case your plans change.
When searching for tickets, you will also notice that slower ferries can be a lot cheaper, so if you don’t mind a 2-3 hours longer trip, booking a slower ferry can be a good way of saving some money.
Travelling on ferries is an experience in its own right! Remember to arrive early as the boarding process and loading the vehicles is swift, and boats don’t wait around and usually leave on time. Also, always check ahead of time if your ferry is scheduled to go on time. Ferry services rely on good sea conditions, and cancellations are common, especially in September and October when there are more chances of strong winds.
Ferries to Naxos from Athens
Athens to Naxos ferry is the most popular route and the most frequent service. Ferries Athens to Naxos leaves multiple times a day from Piraeus or Rafina ports to Naxos Town. Depending on the ferry, the journey takes anything from 3 to 5 hours. For ferry schedules and prices, check Ferry Scanner.
Ferries Santorini to Naxos
A ferry Santorini Naxos is another popular route with multiple ferries scheduled daily. The trip takes from 80 minutes to 3 hours, and during summer holidays, ferries get booked out quickly, so consider booking online if you’re travelling during that time.
Ferries Mykonos to Naxos
The same applies to ferry Mykonos to Naxos. The journey takes between 35 minutes to just under 2 hours, and online booking is recommended for travels between July and August. Because the two islands are so close to each other, taking a day trip from Naxos to Mykonos is a popular form of visiting the more expensive Cycladic sister island.
Ferries from Crete to Naxos
A ferry Crete to Naxos is way less popular and less frequent. There is only one ferry from Crete to Naxos with Seajets that takes 3 hours and 30 minutes. If you’re not flexible on dates and travelling during the peak season, make sure you prebook your Crete to Naxos ferry online.
Ferries from Paros to Naxos
Ferries Paros to Naxos are frequent and the journey takes between 30 minutes to 2 hours depending on the route of your ferry Paros Naxos. If you are short on time, you can also visit Paros on a day trip from Naxos if you take a fast ferry.
Ferries from Milos to Naxos
Milos island is quite far from Naxos and there is only one ferry per day with a journey time of almost 4 hours.
Ferry from Ios to Naxos
There are a few ferry services per day between Ios and Naxos. Ios is a much smaller island. It takes around 60 minutes to get there by ferry, which means you can also visit Ios on a day trip.
Car Rental Naxos
Car Rental in Naxos is super common and widely available on the island. I found that online car rental costs the same as doing it in person on arrival, and it saves you the hassle of shopping around on the island. It also makes sense to prebook the car online if you’re travelling during the peak season.
I usually use DiscoverCars to search for the best car rental option and always opt-in for the full insurance cover to save myself unpleasantries such as paying an excess fee for damages. Also, check if you need an international driving licence to drive in Greece. If you’re from one o the EU countries or the UK, you can legally drive in Greece with your country driver’s licence.
Car Hire Naxos Deals
Best Naxos Tours
A great way of exploring the island is by taking an organised tour. This is a particularly good options if you don’t have enough time. Here are some of the best hand-picked Naxos excursions, Naxos boat tours and best day trips from Naxos island.
Private Food Tour in Naxos Old Town
Half-Day Private Tour of Naxos
All-Inclusive Catamaran Day Cruise & Snorkelling
All-Inclusive Boat Tour Naxos to Small Cyclades
ATV Rental Naxos
Riding an ATV vehicle is also a popular form of exploring the island. ATVs are easy and fun to drive, and they are good at riding off-road. If you’re planning to visit places like Plaka Beach, Aliko Beach, Hawaii Beach, Pyrgaki, you may want to consider getting an ATV as an alternative to a car. I was travelling on a scooter in that area, and at times the road was very tricky with sandy, slippery surfaces.
The downside of renting an ATV is they are almost as expensive as car rental and may be unpleasant to drive in windy conditions. The prices start at €50 per day. If you decide on an ATV vehicle, make sure you rent it from a reputable dealer. Always check their reviews and get yourself insured. You may also require an international driver’s licence.
TIP | If you want to rent it for more than one day, try negotiating down the price. You may also offer a cash payment to get a better deal.
Scooter Rental Naxos
Probably the cheapest way how to get around Naxos other than the bus is renting out a scooter. Since I lived in Bali for a long time, this was my preferred way! I rented a scooter in Naxos Town for €20 a day in September and I paid cash.
You will probably need to negotiate a little and pay in cash to get a similar rate, but it’s entirely possible! Before you decide on renting a scooter, make sure you have the appropriate driving licence suitable for scooters. They actually check it in every rental shop! If you’re from the UK, a full driving licence is sufficient.
Naxos Bus System
If renting a car in Naxos is not your cup of tea, you can also travel around the island on Naxos buses. There is a private bus Naxos company that runs several lines connecting all the places worth visiting on Naxos such as Plaka Beach, Agios Prokopios, Agia Anna, Glyfada, Aliko, Halki, Filoti and even Vivlos with Naxos Town and making using buses in Naxos easy. Bus ticket prices are also very reasonable costing anything between €1.8 and €5 for a single trip. I’m leaving a link to the Naxos bus schedule below.
Best time to visit Naxos?
Naxos experiences its peak season during July and August when the island receives the most visitors, hotel prices are at their highest and so are the daily temperatures averaging around 27 degrees Celsius.
June, September and October are the perfect months to visit Naxos island. You can expect plenty of sunshine, temperature averaging in the mid-twenties degree Celcius with seawater staying at above 20 degrees Celsius as well, which is ideal for swimming. During this time you can also grab some good deals on accommodation and rentals and enjoy half-empty Naxos beaches.
How many days in Naxos?
Naxos is the biggest Cycladic island which is impossible to visit on a day trip. Luckily, all the most exciting things to do in Naxos and Naxos best beaches are concentrated on its western coast. To fully appreciate the island’s beauty and the best of Naxos, I recommend spending here at least one week.
I hope you found this guide on where to stay in Naxos helpful and you’re on your way to booking your Naxos vacation. If you have any more questions, feel free to comment below, otherwise, I wish you happy travels!
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